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1‘the roof collapsed’
cave in, fall in, subside, fall down, sag, slump, settle, give, give way, crumble, crumple, disintegrate, fall to pieces, come apart
2‘he collapsed from loss of blood’
faint, pass out, black out, lose consciousness, fall unconscious, keel over
informal flake out, conk out, go out
3‘she collapsed in tears’
break down, go to pieces, lose control, lose one's self-control, be overcome, be overcome with emotion, crumble, fall apart
informal crack up
4‘the peace talks collapsed’
break down, fail, fall through, fold, founder, fall flat, miscarry, go wrong, come to nothing, come to grief, be frustrated, be unsuccessful, not succeed, disintegrate
come to a halt, end, terminate
informal flop, fizzle out, flatline
1‘the collapse of the roof’
cave-in, giving way, subsidence, crumbling, disintegration
2‘she was reported to be ‘poorly’ after her collapse on stage yesterday’
fainting fit, blackout, fainting, faint, passing out, loss of consciousness
informal flaking out
literary swooning, swoon
3‘the collapse of the peace talks’
breakdown, failure, disintegration, foundering, miscarriage, lack of success
halt, end, termination
4‘he suffered a collapse from overwork’
breakdown, attack, seizure, prostration, nervous breakdown, mental collapse, nervous collapse, nervous exhaustion, nervous tension, crisis, personal crisis, psychological trauma
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